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Romanian bishop, featured in a gay sex video, leaves his post

Romanian bishop, featured in a gay sex video, leaves his post

Corneliu Barladeanu, 51, the Bishop of Husi in Romania, resigned suddenly last Friday amid a sex scandal involving a male student.

ON Top magazine reports that the Romanian Orthodox Church priest decided to step aside:

For the peace and good of the church.

The AP had reported that Barladeanu was suspended after an 18-minute video of himself having sex with a male student emerged.

Barladeanu insisted  that he’s innocent and the victim of a prank.

The church announced Barladeanu’s resignation at the end of a two-day Holy Synod where the bishop’s case and another case involving a priest who had sex with a male student were discussed.

The gathering was notable because it was the first time in its 92-year history that church officials had gathered to discuss a sex scandal.

The cases have led to demands of more accountability from the church.

A church spokesman said:

The message is that you should not be ordained if your moral behavior does not meet church standards.

While Barladeanu will no longer hold an official position, he will remain a monk. Bishops are required to be monks – who take a vow of chastity – in the orthodox faith.

According to this report, church officials insisted the scandal was fueled by:

An aggressive campaign of some media outlets aimed against the Romanian Orthodox Church, often with the complicity of some errant priests. All believers… should respect the discipline of the church and permanently renew their spiritual lives.

More than 85 perent of Romanians are members of the Romanian Orthodox Church, which dates back to 1872. It is the second largest in size after the Russian Orthodox Church, and has taken a hard line against LGBT rights.

In 2016, the church backed a constitutional amendment to define marriage as between one man and one woman.

While Human Rights Watch praised Romania in 2006 for making “exemplary progress in combating rights abuses based on sexual orientation or gender identity,” it remains is one of the only countries in the European Union to deny same-sex relationships any form of recognition.

Interesting factoid: Romania has become the world leader in the video chat industry, the result of the country having lightning fast Internet speeds – and no shortage of attractive women and men wanting to earn big bucks by having virtual sex online.

The industry tripled its earnings in 2016, reaching €100 million, according to official data released by the main companies in the sector.

Industry representatives said:

The last three years have seen a boom in the video chat market in Romania. In one year, the turnover, as well as the profits of large companies in the market tripled over the previous year.

Romania currently has 3,000 legal video chat studios, which employ 10,000 model. BBC’s Radio 4 recently explored the phenomenon.

Hat tip: BarrieJohn

8 responses to “Romanian bishop, featured in a gay sex video, leaves his post”

  1. barriejohn says:

    Is this obligatory for priests now?

  2. Broga says:

    There’s a surprise. Who could have guessed.

  3. Ray says:

    He broke the first priestly commandment.

    DON’T GET CAUGHT

  4. Graham Martin-Royle says:

    @barriejohn: It does appear that way, doesn’t it.

  5. Cali Ron says:

    Monk see, monk do. He is merely following in the footsteps of those holy men who went before him. Pay no attention to the man behind the silly robe and hat.

  6. Robster says:

    Are any of these overdressed fools in any way virtuous? Seems not.

  7. Broga says:

    Their way of life requires posturing, lying and hypocrisy. That is the only way they can pursue it and live in unearned comfort and satisfy their sexual needs.